From the NYT:
If you’re one of the millions of people who are dieting right this minute, or even thinking about it, here’s some good news: you don’t have to throw a lot of money at the problem to see results. In fact, you may not have to spend much at all.
No shit?! ‘Cause I thought the point was to EAT LESS. And eating less strikes me as, y’know, cheaper. Only in North America would we assume that eating less — and eating better — means spending more on “special” foods. We’ll happily buy $5 protein bars instead of eating a couple of eggs plus an apple.
My most recent vacation brought this point home very well. I booked a hotel room with a kitchen and made nearly all of my meals. I spent a total of $250 on groceries for a week, which is more than I normally spend but in addition to the regular staples (e.g. meat, fruit, veg) I had to get “kitchen set-up” things like olive oil, a pound of coffee, spices, mustard, balsamic vinegar, etc. Still, not a bad deal if you consider that even a cheap restaurant meal would be $15-20 per person, and very likely the food quality would not be ideal.